Unlike dorm residents, students who live in apartments have the choice of staying in town or going home while Illinois State University’s campus is closed.
Some students might even opt for traveling back and forth every so often. But if the roommates have left for the semester to enjoy the free time at home for once, staying in a once-shared apartment can become lonesome and depressing.
“I get super depressed when I’m completely alone, so I knew I wanted to come back home to be with my parents,” junior Elizabeth Seabert said.
Not all students have the luxury of having a car to get to the store or have a job that pays well in Normal.
“I have a guaranteed part-time job and my position pays more than most part time jobs available down south,” junior Kaeleigh Kreis said. “I don’t have my own car at school so getting groceries and other necessities can be a hassle since you’re supposed to avoid public transportation.”
For those who live and work around the suburbs are being asked to work since some places are experiencing short staffs.
“I work at an assisted living facility in my hometown and we’re currently short staffed, so I have to stay here to help out,” Seabert said.
Since apartment companies are still requiring monthly rent payments, why not utilize the space the student is paying for? Having one’s own space without family invading privacy every so often can make it easier to focus on doing school work, and if all or most of the roommates decided to stay at the apartment, it can make it more fun than living with the family at times.
“I would rather stay at my apartment to take advantage of the freedom I receive when I live at my apartment versus with my parents. Plus I am able to focus on my homework and exams more,” senior Sofia Renteria said.
Apartment companies are still requiring monthly rent payments, but the companies’ main offices are closed to the public and renters must call if they have questions or need help. Students who drop rent off at the office are advised to make all payments online or mail the rent. Companies are urging students moving out to follow the social distancing rules and guidelines.
While the future of returning to campus for classes remains unclear, students living off-campus have the opportunity to visit for a weekend (or longer) getaway.